Dean and James U.K.
Dean + James are a London based artistic collaboration between Dean Fox and James Rawson, whose work combines contemporary techniques with fine art traditions and a minimalist approach. Dean + James refer to their artwork as 'elemental', breathing new life into dead matter. Integral to their practice is the use the oldest known medium in the world, raw charcoal; marks and traces of which signify their meditation with the past and fascination about what the future may bring.
The art of Dean + James exists within a frisson of duality by focusing on time and spirituality, light and dark, beauty and the abhorrent, objectivity and emptiness. The first collaboration made between the artists, Samsara, represents the cyclical nature of life and death.
The artistic duo split their skills equally to create a finished work of art, with Dean Fox painting the composition and figures within a scene while James Rawson produces fields of charcoal abstraction. Dean + James' finely rendered paintings take their form from devotional paintings and the grand narrative paintings of the past, drawing from a committed knowledge of the European tradition of art. Motifs and subjects within their work recall signifiers of classical mythology, which is then juxtaposed by a distinct sense of contemporary minimalism and field of charcoal abstraction.
With the appropriation of found imagery overlayed with sculptural matter, the artist's create scenes that are deliberately abstracted and distorted and made dense by the amorphous form of charcoal, a substance that leaves only a burnt and brittle trace of wood, bone, and organic matter. Such a material evokes the fragile nature of history, ideas that stoke the flames of culture, the tinder of memory and impermanence. At the heart of Dean + James' work is an engagement with the art of the past, present, and future. It forms a long artistic dialogue that creates an audacious response to our cultural history by questioning the reality in the image in the digital age.
Dean and JamesNature or Nurture, 2019Archival print on board with varnish and charcoal embellishments147 x 147 cm
Dean and JamesGrace [after Josepe de Ribera], 2018-ongoingUnique archival print on board with charcoal embellishments128 x 48 cmEdition of 10
Dean and JamesAbandon Faith, 2018Archival print on board with charcoal embellishments
120 x 48 cm
47 1/4 x 18 7/8 inEdition of 10
Dean and JamesThe Long Road, 2018Unique archival print on board with charcoal embellishments87 x 93 cmEdition of 10
Dean and JamesThe Veil, 2018Oil painting and charcoal on birch panel.178 x 178 cm
Re: Wild10 May - 4 Jun 2022Dellasposa Gallery is delighted to present Re: Wild, a group exhibition presenting artworks that explore wild landscapes and the possibility of rewilding our state of being.
The exhibition presents an enigmatic sense of nature, branching out and digging deeper with artworks by Gerhard Richter, Ai WeiWei, Daniel Arsham, Nicholas Hughes, Dean Fox, and Sara Odman - all of whom observe the wild as a reflection of disparate artistic, philosophical and technological paradigms.
Daniel Arsham's future relics series expands upon his ongoing exploration of transience, impermanence, and decay in an imagined future civilisation facing significant ecological changes. Ai Weiwei's sculpture is a continuation of a series of works representing trees and their roots, with an interest in the environment and his particular concerns regarding deforestation in the Amazon.
Nicholas Hughes' photography represents the precious and fragile nature of the British landscape. His work depends on a sense of transience, a walk into the unknown, allied to an environmental sensibility. Each of his photographs illustrates the furtive residue of the contemporary wilderness through reduced visions of the sublime within localised nature. Hughes examines the space between the world people inhabit and what nature still claims as its own.
With dense with striated textures, streaks and layers of colour, Gerhard Richter's abstraction takes inspiration from the wild, sublime scenes of the world. His compositions reconcile a process that swings between pure chance and control. As he says, 'all that I am trying to do in each picture is bring together the most disparate and mutually contradictory elements, alive and viable, in the greatest possible freedom.'
New paintings by Dean Fox reveal a frisson between the gestural expression of the human spirit and the mark one makes upon our often muted and tranquil terrain. According to Fox, the interplay between objectivity and abstraction is constant, for 'nature embodies both these qualities and only one particular way of expressing yourself seems limited.' His paintings persuasively affect how we encounter ourselves in the wild. Often painted from memory, Sara Odman's bold and exuberant works depict the expansive forests, endless ocean, and wildflowers of the Norse environment.
Re: Wild is an exhibition that explores our current climate - birth and decay, transience and endurance; it asks us to relinquish our destructive desire for control over the natural world for both people and environments.
Lasting Impressions5 Mar - 1 May 2020Dellasposa Gallery presents original limited edition prints by Pablo Picasso, Robert Motherwell, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Anish Kapoor, Hiroshi Sugimoto, John Stezaker, Zhang Xiaogang, Darren Coffield, Dean + James, Ben Eine, Shepard Fairey, Cleon Peterson and Daniel Arsham.
Nocturne8 - 31 May 2019Dellasposa Gallery presents the exhibition Nocturne, an ensemble of artworks about the ethereal nature of life in the hours of darkness - explored through the movement of the contemporary artists Nicholas Hughes, Dean and James, and Guy Haddon Grant.
The exhibition offers a new conceptual perspective on the Nocturne. The representation of light is a defining feature in the exhibition - not only are the works of art concerned with the transformative quality of the night, they traverse the elements of visual notations and movement, treated akin to musical composition.
In these pieces, the artists convey a sense of beauty and tranquillity with nature is a score realised through the process of observation and act of creation. The qualities of these moments - the sense of grace, momentary movement and repose - and their artistic rumination often turn to a more complex impression. Some of the pieces bring to light hidden depths of one's consciousness; for what is done in the dark, must come to light. For all the artists, the visual sensations of art are in symbiosis with the classical renditions of a nocturne - rhythm, harmony, accent, graphic chromatic counterpoints, and cadence - are employed here for expressive purpose.